41-year-old charged in brutal murder of 94-year-old Cleveland man

41-year-old charged in brutal murder of 94-year-old Cleveland man

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The man suspected of killing a 94-year-old man was taken into custody by the Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force.

According to Cleveland police, the suspect was arrested on Saturday at approximately 11 a.m. in connection to the murder.

Michael Dudas, 41, was charged with aggravated murder.

Detectives originally found the 94-year-old victim, who used a wheelchair, on April 15 at his Plymouth Road home after his family members said they could not reach him.

Neighbor Jacquiline Mizikar has lived in the neighborhood all her life.

“ He was sweet I go back to when I was a kid during Halloween he would have the door wide open and he would sit right there and have his bowl of treats and give us,” she said.

Mizikar added that something so violent happening to a kind man saddens her.

Cleveland police investigating murder of 94-year-old man.
Cleveland police investigating murder of 94-year-old man. (Source: WOIO)

“I’m just concerned you know is it a random person? or is it somebody that knew him cause that would hurt more if it was somebody related,” she added.

Vanderau was also a World War II Veteran.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office said the victim, later identified as Charles Vonderau, died because of blunt force trauma to his head and body.

The Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force consists of federal and local departments, including the FBI, DEA, Cleveland police, and Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office.

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